February 18th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) Two U.S. citizens were forced from their home in Desamparaditos de Puriscal yesterday when a swarm of Africanized honeybees, known colloquially as “killer bees,” filled their home.
Firefighters who attended the scene found the home completely overrun with the aggressive bees. Water and special foam were used to control the insects.
During a separate incident on Sunday, a swarm of Africanized bees attacked a horse parade known as a “tope” in Ciudad Colon.
The Red Cross attended at least five people who were injured in the attack.
Horses fell to the ground after suffering large numbers of stings and required treatment.
At least one horse died from its injuries, and there are reports that at least four horses in total may have died from their injuries.
Africanized bees, originally produced through cross-breeding, are known to guard their hives aggressively, with a large alarm zone around their hives.